A Short History of Heaven

Heaven in the Early History of Western Religions and Today

by Joann Greig

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/27/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781982200800
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781982200787
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 108
ISBN : 9781982200794

About the Book

Heaven has played a central, although often unacknowledged, role in Western culture. This book explores the origins of concepts about heaven and how these may be found in Christianity. Early writings from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Greece, and Rome are explored, with elements of shamanism, as well as the Hebrew and Christian Bibles and gnostic texts. The nature of the soul, the soul’s journey, and the role of morality are also considered. The book shows how age-old beliefs about life on earth and about heaven are important today. Activities are included to encourage readers to explore their own thoughts and feelings about heaven.

About the Author

Joann studied heaven in the history of Western religions at the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has several degrees, including Masters degrees in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, and in International Relations, as well as degrees in Law and Social Sciences from New Zealand. Joann has lived and worked in the Pacific area, Western Europe, the Balkans, and the USA.